The Scripture tells us to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Welcome to our study titled Answering Denominational Doctrines. In this series of lessons, we are going to note various doctrines that are promoted by denominational teachers and denominations themselves. We are going to look at what they say, and compare it with the Scriptures so that we can help people see the truth of God. Millions of people buy into these doctrines. The end result – if they live out these doctrines in their lives – will be that people will be lost. I hope you will consider two things: First, our motivation in looking at these doctrines and examining them biblically is to help people get to Heaven. We love people’s immortal souls, and we want them to go to Heaven. Second, we are here to please God and to preach the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) in what we say. We want to honor God, say what the Bible says, and ultimately point out error in order to help people know God’s truth and be saved.
One of the key concepts in the Buddhist religion is the idea that “restlessness” is the main problem with mankind. There is a lot of truth to this as we watch western society frantically search for the good life – or what we’ve been told the good life ought to be. Buddhism offers the restless soul a religion where the antidote to the stresses and constant yearnings of life are replaced with the “nothingness” of Buddhist contemplation and self-denial: In other words, the Buddhist monk empties his soul of every desire, every connection to this world in an effort to feel nothing and want nothing until he is completely absorbed into a greater consciousness. Sometimes they compare the experience of the Buddhist life to a single drop of water being emptied into the ocean. For a nation that suffers poverty and oppression this religion has a certain appeal. This has been true of countries like China, Vietnam, Indonesia and other eastern peoples who have experienced unfulfilled desires for peace, freedom and wealth for a long time. A religion that promises “release” from wanting something you can’t have – by rejecting a cruel and hard world might be very appealing (If you’re suffering, a religion that offers to disconnect you from the world is a good idea).
By Ben Alexander Just who is this little boy with the lightening bolt scar on his forehead that has captured the hearts of millions of kids from all over the world? He is the product of J. K Rowling, a student of mythology who consulted with members of Wicca in order to accurately write about […]
By Roy Davison What do the predictions mean in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21? “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, […]
By David Shannon Each parent has to make judgment calls on a daily basis of what their children will read, watch, wear, sing, etc. It isn’t an easy job. Our goal throughout all this is to “bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” ( Ephesians 6:4). The following article will probably find more […]
Sermon Notes: A Time for Strength and Courage It seems that since the Sept 11th attacks in N.Y., we live in an increasingly worrisome world. A war in Iraq that cost the U.S.A. lives and an enormous amount of money, threatens to draw others in. On going terrorist strikes against various nations each day, who knows […]
How many of us can remember the first time we heard of Christ? How about that special day when you were baptized? What a very special occasion! What excitement! What joy! What peace! Our lives were changed. We acted differently. We treated others differently. Why was that? Well, 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “Therefore, if […]
By J. C. Bailey Apparently men have talked about the good old days for a long time, for Solomon had this to say: “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? For thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this” (Eccl. 7:10). So in Solomon’s time it was not […]
We all tend to make excuses. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. But God had given them clear instructions. When He reveals His will to us, we have no excuse for disobeying. Jesus said: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no […]